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Back on the 21st of September, I posted a series of photos that I took just east of Ontario Place, in the area of the new Trillium Park. I had continued exploring west of Trillium Park, into Ontario Place, but I had never gotten around to posting my photos of Ontario Place in all of its mid-20th century modernist grandeur.

Back towards the city #toronto #ontarioplace #skyline #cntower #latergram


Hill #toronto #ontarioplace #hill


Looking towards Hanlan's #toronto #ontarioplace #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #lakeontario #latergram


Shore #toronto #ontarioplace #rock #beach #latergram


Towards the heart (1) #toronto #ontarioplace #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (2) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (3) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (4) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (5) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


On the pier (1) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #marina #latergram


On the pier (2) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #plane #marina #latergram


On the pier (3) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #plane #marina #lakeontario #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #latergram


On the pier (4) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #marina #latergram


On the pier (5) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #cntower #architecture #marina #latergram


On the pier (6) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #boats #latergram


On the pier (7) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #boats #latergram


On the pier (8) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #torontoharbour #skyline #cntower #latergram


On the pier (9) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #humberbay #skyline #evening #latergram


On the pier (10) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #concrete #architecture #latergram


Anchors #toronto #ontarioplace #anchors #pier #concrete #latergram


There will be more photos tomorrow.
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The newly-opened Trillium Park and William G. David Trail, part of the ongoing redevelopment of Ontario Place, is superb. Though the landscaping is still raw, just three months after the parks opening, the bones are good ones. Walking along the trail on a beautiful warm evening, seeing the park full of people enjoying the grass or the concert or the views of the lake and the Toronto Islands, I knew this park is a success.

Entering Trillium Park

Looking east

Path ahead

Two routes

Trail tree

Gathered for the concert (1)

Gathered for the concert (2)

Looking at Hanlan's Point

Looking at Billy Bishop

Overlooking

Hough's Glade

Evening in the park

Walking by boats on the lake
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  • NOW Toronto notes how Gibraltar Point marks the Toronto Islands' point most vulnerable to erosion.

  • It seems, as Fatima Syed notes, that the Centreville carousel will not be bought by its intended buyer.

  • VICE reports on a young Toronto architect who suggests condos could be more affordable if they were more modular.

  • A highly disproportionate number of Toronto's innovative post-war architects were Estonian refugees. Stunning works. The Globe and Mail reports.

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  • Building two thousand affordable housing units in Toronto is a nice step forward. Will there be more steps? The Toronto Star reports.

  • This charming bit of improvised art down at Humber Bay Park reminds me that I really need to head down there. From the Toronto Star.

  • Montréal has stopped representing genocidal General Amherst on its flag, replacing it with a native pine tree. The National Post reports.

  • Emily Macrae at Torontoist suggests co-housing, drawn from a Québec model, is something Toronto might want to look into.

  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto explores the Toronto Islands. Do they have a future? What will they need?

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I had intended last night to walk down to the new Trillium Park, but I had forgotten it would be inaccessible on account of the Exhibition. Instead, I found myself walking west on the Humber Bay shores, through Marilyn Bell Park and up to Vimy Ridge Parkette as evening descended. I was a bit cool--I really should have worn a light jacket--but the light outside was superb and the calm sky above awesome.

Looking out #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #marilynbellpark #evening


Skyline #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #marilynbellpark #evening #skyline


Breakers of tide #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #marilynbellpark #evening #skyline


Looking east to Ontario Place #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #marilynbellpark #evening #ontarioplace


Sky above #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #marilynbellpark #evening #sky


Calm under the moon #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #marilynbellpark #evening #sky #moon


Hook and ladder #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #marilynbellpark #evening #sky #hook #ladder


Light pole and skyline #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #marilynbellpark #evening #sky #skyline #lights


Landward #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #marilynbellpark #evening #sky #skyline #lights


Skyline #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #marilynbellpark #evening #sky #skyline #lights


Birds under the moon #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #marilynbellpark #evening #sky #blue #birds #moon


Towards Jameson #toronto #lakeshoreblvd #parkdale #skyline #jamesonave


Harbour at night #toronto #lakeontario #humberbay #canada #flag


Looking west on the beach #toronto #lakeontario #skyline #humberbay #night #lighys #beach #vimyridgeparkette


Fade to dark blue #toronto #humberbay #skyline #lakeontario #blue #night #lights
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Panorama, Woodbine Beach


My Nexus 5's Photos app stitched together this panorama of Toronto's Woodbine Beach out of individual photos I had taken during last week's photo expedition to the Beaches. It did not do a bad job at all, I think, possible wonkiness in the west aside.
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I had not been to the Beaches in evening before, but I wish I had. Starting my walk at the iconic Leuty Lifeguard Station and continuing west, I saw the Kew and Woodbine beaches emptied, clear sight-lines uninterrupted by crowds of beachgoers. The effects of flooding are noticeable, especially in the west of Woodbine Beach where the water has infiltrated to form a little bay, but not longer overpowering.

Leuty Lifeguard Station by evening #toronto #beaches #kewbeach #leutylifeguardstation #lakeontario #evening


Looking west #toronto #woodbinebeach #kewbeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening


Looking out #toronto #woodbinebeach #kewbeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


In time of flood #toronto #woodbinebeach #kewbeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


Stony shore #toronto #woodbinebeach #kewbeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


Looking east #toronto #woodbinebeach #kewbeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


Warning by rocks #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


Evening by the boardwalk #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #boardwalk #latergram


No lifeguard #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #evening #latergram


Looking south #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #boardwalk #evening #latergram


Last ones #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #boardwalk #evening #latergram


Seagull #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #birds #seagull #evening #latergram


Low tide, high tide #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #birds #seagull #evening #latergram


Infiltration #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #birds #seagull #flooding #evening #latergram


Looking back #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #flooding #evening #latergram


Me #toronto #woodbinebeach #beaches #lakeontario #me #selfie #evening #latergram
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On this trip to The Beaches, I had decided to not only look out at Lake Ontario. These stunning homes are gorgeous: I am sure that these houses, facing Balmy Beach and Lake Ontario just west of the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, have prices well in excess of a million dollars. What can be said but that the views, and the location, would be worth it?

Beachfront (1) #toronto #beaches #kewbeach #beach #latergram


Beachfront (2) #toronto #beaches #kewbeach #beach #latergram


Beachfront (3) #toronto #beaches #kewbeach #beach #latergram


Beachfront (4) #toronto #beaches #kewbeach #beach #latergram
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This time, I approached the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant from the east, scrambling down from the end of Queen Street East to the shoreline and then scrambling part of the way back up to the grassy lawn of the planet.

This whole complex, poised on the hillside on what had been southwesternmost Scarborough overlooking a Lake Ontario stretching out past the horizon, evokes for me Los Angeles' Griffiths Observatory. It's a place in the city but not of the city, with 1930s architecture providing a base for people to sit and contemplate eternity. It's beautiful.

Looking #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant


Round the hill #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant


Edifice #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant


Blue blue green #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #boats


Plant #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #architecture


Looking east #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #boats


Oval #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #road


Front #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant


Drinking fountain #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #fountain


Tower #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #architecture


Plaques #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #architecture #history #plaques


Stretch #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #road #architecture


Stairs #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #stairs


East #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #architecture


Standing #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #architecture


Looking back #toronto #scarborough #lakeontario #rcharriswatertreatmentplant #beaches #dog #latergram
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  • I really liked this Kerry Gold article in the Globe and Mail showing how the young, priced out of Vancouver, simply went on to remake Port Moody.

  • In the Toronto Star, Edward Keenan describes how the West End Phoenix, a new model of newspaper, is set to develop.

  • Also in the Star, Scott Wheeler describes how Torontonian John Vyga ended up helping take the Berlin Wall down in 1989.

  • Steve Munro takes a look at what the metrics for TTC station cleanliness actually mean. We're doing better than we think.

  • Shawn Micallef wonders why so few Torontonians make a habit of swimming in Lake Ontario.

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  • This U>long-form CBC article looking at Ken Pagan, the man who became infamous through his beer can toss, has insight.

  • I like Christopher Hume's article describing changes of zoning around apartment highrises, to allow shops.

  • John Lorinc's suggestion that taxes collected from foreign buyers be put towards social housing is provocative.

  • Robert Zunke is the man, sometime construction worker, assembling shrines on the Leslie Street spit.

  • Torontoist describes Blockobana, the queer black space at this year's Toronto Caribbean Festival.

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  • Spacing hosts Cheryl Thompson's article examining Toronto's Caribbean festival as a Bakhtinian organized chaos.

  • VICE examines how social housing in Canada will be hard-hit by climate change, including rising temperatures.

  • Torontoist shares a sponsored guide to attractions in the Ontario Greenbelt.

  • Laura Howells at the Toronto Star notes that if garlic mustard has to be an invasive plant in the forests of Ontario, at least it helps that it is a tasty invader.

  • Julien Gignac reports on the mystery of who the artist building shrines at Leslie Spit actually is.

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  • James Dubro highlights at Torontoist the disappearing queer men of Toronto. Is a serial killer at work?

  • At the Toronto Star, Paul Hunter reports on how the Toronto Islands have been reopened starting today.

  • John Lorinc's investigation of high-rise safety in Toronto is alarming, and ends here and here.

  • Scott Wheeler looks at the controversial mounted cow sculpture of Cathedraltown, in Markham.

  • Victoria Gibson reports on the $150 million a year spent by the federal government at Pickering on property never used to build an airport.

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  • Liisa Ladouceur's NOW Toronto review of the Rage and Rapture tour's stop in Toronto get it entire. Brilliant concert.

  • Emma Teitel in the Toronto Star is quite right to note that residents of the Beach complaining about unsightly commerce are so missing the point.

  • Global News reports that mosquitos which test positive for West Nile virus have been found on the flooded Toronto Islands.

  • The Toronto Islands will reopen Monday, on the first of the month, the City of Toronto announced.

  • Canada Post promises that its drivers will stop blocking bike lanes with their vehicles.

  • Metro Toronto describes how ESL learners in west-end Toronto are learning English via their concerns with affordable housing.

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    Torontoist's feature on how Stepgate went viral internationally is a mustread.
  • The National Post covers a disturbing report about claiming a police officer maimed a teenager. If the Toronto police have been actively trying to cover up criminal assault by one of their members ...

  • Global News notes that Metrolinx has opted to remove Bombardier for consideration in operating GO Transit.

  • A high-speed ferry link between Toronto and Niagara--St. Catherine's--is imaginable. Economically viable? The Globe and Mail reports.

  • Simon Lewsen describes in The Globe and Mail how the 1977 murder of Emanuel Jaques led, eventually, to the transformation of Yonge Street.

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  • blogTO shares Aidan Ferreira's stunning photos of the Toronto Islands flooded out. The damage, especially to the beaches, looks severe.

  • CTV News shares remarkable drone footage of the Toronto Islands.

  • The Toronto Sun reports on the plight of the water taxi operators, unable to earn their living this summer with trips to the Islands.

  • The Toronto Star's Fatima Syed notes that, to stay afloat, the Centreville Amusement Park will be selling its beautiful antique carousel.

  • Katharine Laidlaw's interviews in Toronto Life with Toronto Islanders tell the story of a very hard year.

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  • John Michael McGrath argues at TVO that leaving Toronto for Ontario cities with cheaper housing misses the issue of jobs. For starters.

  • Michelle McQuigge looks at how the CNIB is helping make Yonge and St. Clair accessible to the blind.

  • In The Globe and Mail, Erik Heinrich looks at how a mid-rise office tower at 1133 Yonge Street is being transformed into condos.

  • The Toronto Star reports that the condo/hotel tower at 325 Bay Street no longer bears the name of Trump. Toronto is free!

  • The end of the Palace Arms rooming house at King and Strachan, Christian Controneo notes at Torontoist, must be seen as terrible for the people who live there.
  • blogTO notes that E. Coli levels on mainland Toronto beaches make them unsafe for swimmers. No lake water this year!

  • blogTO notes that Montréal architect Claude Cormier, designer of HTO and Berczy, will next do a cat-themed park.

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  • MacLean's Joe Castaldo notes the case for Sears Canada giving executives retention bonuses even as it shorts lesser workers.

  • CBC notes another, potentially more successful, search for Avro Arrow models in the depths of Lake Ontario.

  • VICE notes the history of white supremacism in Canada, extending to the point of a failed coup by some in Dominica.

  • Spacing reports on the Indigenous Place Making Council, intended to secure a place for increasingly urban First Nations in Canada.

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  • Torontoist remembers Pam McConnell, former deputy mayor and a person committed for a long time to the health of Toronto.

  • The Toronto Star's Jesse Winters notes the controversial planned addition of two condo towers, somewhat modified, to the Distillery District.

  • The Toronto Star reports on the rescue of two photo-taiking tourists stranded midway the Scarborough Bluffs. I'm not saying I've climbed these very same inclines, just that I empathize with their position.

  • The Star's Emma McIntosh confirms what we suspected: The flooding of the Toronto Islands is such that large portions will remain closed off all summer.

  • The Globe and Mail's Stephen Wickens notes that there is not a large commerical real estate boom along the new Eglinton Avenue LRT.

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